It’s only a matter of time before Silvio Berlusconi imposes himself on Adriano Galliani and forces the Milan vice president to get rid of Massimiliano Allegri. At least, that’s what’s left to infer as Milan’s president continues to openly question his coach, undermining the Rossoneri boss despite the fact a summer of upheaval and a season of potholes haven’t prevented Allegri from guiding his team to third.
Starting the day one point ahead of Fiorentina, Milan’s still not assured Champions League soccer next year, though it’s unclear whether clearing that plateau will matter. According to today’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, Berlusconi has already identified the man he wants on the sidelines next year and is intent on overrunning Galliani’s support of Allegri.
Over the course of 10 seasons at Milan, Clarence Seedorf made himself into a club legend before moving to Botafogo last summer when his contract would not renewed. It would then be a sweet irony if his star power and ties to happier days replaced Allegri, seeing he was part of the mass exodus that’s contributed to Milan’s current state. Though it’s unclear if the Dutch midfielder is willing to hang up his boots and leave Brazil, Berlusconi’s telling those around him that he wants Seedorf to coach Milan.
Of the 19 players who logged the most Serie A minutes for Milan last season, 10 have left, a group that includes Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva. The turnover led to a terrible start, one which put Allegri’s job in jeopardy, yet the Rossoneri have stabilized. They’re nowhere near the level that won them the scudetto two years ago, but that kind of performance can’t be expected amid so many changes. Having Milan on the cusp of Champions League is achievement on its own.
But Milan’s taken one point from the last three games, and they collapsed in Champions League against Barcelona. There’s room for Berlusconi to write his own narrative. If that story includes bringing back a legend, it makes it easier to tell, even if that legend has no experience on the sidelines.
To replace somebody he never seemed to like, Berlusconi doesn’t need facts as much as hope.
While MLS represents the majority of the remaining clubs in this year’s U.S. Open Cup, one side continues to defy the odds.
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Miami FC reached their first quarterfinal in club history after knocking off Atlanta United late on Wednesday, behind a goal and an assist from Kwadwo Poku. The victory for Miami sets up a date with FC Cincinnati — who pulled off an unbelievable shootout win against the Chicago Fire.
Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution both advanced on the night with wins over the Philadelphia Union and D.C. United, respectively. The Red Bulls and Revs will meet in the final eight as well.
Sporting KC kept its hope of hoisting a fourth U.S. Open Cup title alive on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. The 2015 winners will take on FC Dallas — who defeated the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday night.
Here are all the results from tonight’s Open Cup action.
Houston Dynamo 0-2 Sporting KC
New England Revolution 2-1 D.C. United
Miami FC 3-2 Atlanta United
New York Red Bulls 1-1 (5-3 on PKs) Philadelphia Union
FC Cincinnati 0-0 (3-1 on PKs) Chicago Fire
Late action (10:30 p.m. ET kick off)
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders
LA Galaxy vs. Sacramento Republic
City Football Group appears on the verge of adding to its global outreach, and it’s next destination looks to be in Spain.
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The group of investors, which are known for controlling Premier League side Manchester City, are reportedly nearing a deal to purchase a partial stake in Spanish club Girona — which is set to make its La Liga debut in 2017/18.
CFG is said to be gaining a near “50 percent” stake in the club, with the rest of the club owned by Media Base, a company owned by Pep Guardiola‘s brother, Pere.
Over recent years, CFG has vastly expanded its ownership outreach and currently has a stake in five clubs around the world, with Girona set to be the sixth.
MLS side New York City FC, Australian A-League side Melbourne City FC, Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos and Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay are all part of the CFG enterprise, alongside Man City.
The “Iron Man” will keep up his amazing journey with the New York Red Bulls, after signing a new deal with the club on Wednesday.
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Goalkeeper Luis Robles has extended his contract with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, as the American continues to raise his consecutive starts streak, which stands at 157.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed in the club’s release.
Robles joined the Red Bulls back in 2012 after playing in Germany, and the shot-stopper hasn’t missed a start ever since.
Minnesota United has had its shares of ups and down in its debut MLS season, but the Loons are on the verge making an exciting young signing.
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ESPN FC is reporting that Minnesota will sign Hearts winger Sam Nicholson from the Scottish Premier League on a deal that makes him a Loon until 2019.
The young attacker is expected to join the MLS side when the summer transfer window opens on July 10.
Nicholson, 22, has played with the Edinburgh side since his youth days, and made his senior debut with the club in 2013. During his time at Hearts, Nicholson scored 16 goals in all competitions for the team.
Last season, Nicholson missed 16 matches due to a significant knee injury.
According to the report, Scottish sides Rangers and Aberdeen were also among those interested in acquiring Nicholson, while English Championship clubs Bristol City and Barnsley also reached out about the attacker.